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Lead From Automobive Fuel Was Responsible for Teenage Violence, Data Shows

Society & Culture  (tags: lead poisoning, teenagers, violence, environment, air quality )

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As a scientist, I've read the research and it's very compelling. Because lead was not removed from gasoline everywhere at the same time, we have data that shows violence levels dropping in lock step a dozen years or so later by geographic area.


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Demo Stration (6)
Monday June 2, 2014, 12:12 pm
The linked article doesn't go far enough at explaining the science, but it's very solid - I've read a good bit of it myself personally.

This shows we can have HUGE wins when we work for progressive causes regarding the environment.

Lady Suki (446)
Monday June 2, 2014, 12:23 pm
Hmm very interesting.

Roger G (148)
Monday June 2, 2014, 1:21 pm
noted, thanks

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Monday June 2, 2014, 5:18 pm
Noted & Shared. Thanks Demo.

Beth Nipper (70)
Monday June 2, 2014, 5:21 pm

Past Member (0)
Monday June 2, 2014, 5:24 pm
Thank you Demo and Ashley for the forward.

Animae C (507)
Monday June 2, 2014, 6:05 pm
Thank you for forwarding Ashley

Thank you Demo!

Sherry B (66)
Monday June 2, 2014, 6:13 pm
Noted very interesting Demo. Thank you for posting. I wonder what other"Invisible" issues we will discover we have caused with our lack of respect for, and endless rape & pillage of the planet?

Valerie B (74)
Monday June 2, 2014, 6:17 pm
So glad you shared this! Leaded Gasoline was probably the most dangerous invention of all time! It's really interesting to think of not only how an entire generation was severely exposed to this toxin, but how they maybe were even defined because of it! Very interesting stuff. Also interesting; the very bad bad man who invented leaded gasoline managed to accidentally kill himself with another of his inventions! Google Thomas Midgley. Worst inventor ever, seriously. Thanks Demo, good share!

Barry AWAY T (936)
Monday June 2, 2014, 6:35 pm
noted, very interesting - I will have to look at this topic more - thanks for posting!

Anette S (16)
Monday June 2, 2014, 7:02 pm

Birgit W (160)
Monday June 2, 2014, 7:04 pm

Athena F (131)
Monday June 2, 2014, 7:56 pm
interesting, thanks Demo, noted

Past Member (0)
Monday June 2, 2014, 9:02 pm
Great Article! Noted!

Artur B (125)
Monday June 2, 2014, 9:10 pm

Krista Slavin (194)
Monday June 2, 2014, 10:11 pm
Sarah Kliff says today's teenagers are "the best-behaved generation on record": Nope, not going for this. Just turn on your TV and watch the news. It will prove her statement very, very wrong.

Krista Slavin (194)
Monday June 2, 2014, 10:14 pm
Just to further prove the point - did you hear of teenagers shooting up schools or carjacking people or shooting up malls or movie theaters?

Lady Suki (446)
Monday June 2, 2014, 10:47 pm
Krisa, you aren't going to make me be a smart aleck and post the youtube video to counter that your comment reminds me of, are you? lol

Sandra Ferri (114)
Tuesday June 3, 2014, 12:01 am

PlsNoMessage se (588)
Tuesday June 3, 2014, 12:29 am

Heidi Walderra (163)
Tuesday June 3, 2014, 2:56 am
Noted and shared

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 3, 2014, 3:59 am
Noted, thanks.

Marianne R (95)
Tuesday June 3, 2014, 4:56 am

Lona G (66)
Tuesday June 3, 2014, 5:11 am
Sorry, but I can find no science in here to back up these assumptions. The author admits to: "I'll never be able to prove this. No one ever will. The data is simply not rich enough, and it never will be." Data from Europe will definitely not support the claim that this is "the best-behaved generation on record", while lead has been banned from gasoline just as long. The relation between the ban on lead and the "better behaviour" is spurious at best and the relation between it and violence is not even mentioned in the article.
Your title doesn't quite cover the content, Demo, but the fact that American teenagers turn out to be more well-behaved is very interesting never the less.

John Holton (344)
Tuesday June 3, 2014, 5:20 am

Alexandra G (250)
Tuesday June 3, 2014, 6:26 am
noted, thanks

Winn Adams (179)
Tuesday June 3, 2014, 6:39 am

Gene J (290)
Tuesday June 3, 2014, 8:06 am
"Today's teenagers have grown up with more or less normal brain development. Some will be nice kids, some will become gang leaders. That's always the case. But speaking generally, if you meet a group of teenagers today, they're no more likely to be especially scary than they were in the 40s or 50s. They're just teenagers. It's probably going to take a while for everyone to adjust to this, but the time to start is now. Decently behaved teenagers are here to stay."

Noted & signed. But I have to add a couple things here that I think are incorrect postulations in that story. While the premise may be true, I've not seen anything that correlates lead paint with anything but childhood diseases for instance, certainly not a propensity to violence - though that may be so, I just don't know. But if the premise is correct, then thinking that today's teenagers (and there are many good ones, some already great) are somehow unscathed is way premature. The children of today's time have been exposed to toxins in the air, water, land and food supply at levels and varieties never seen on this planet before. We have been dumping poisons on our soil since the mid-50's, DDT, well it is banned but still in use around the world and THIS country has not yet fully recovered from its rampant use here. We have no idea as to the half life of the artificial fertilizers we use on our crop land, nor the additives to our food supply. We are dumping CO2 into the atmosphere at rates not seen naturally in millions of years. The numbers of children with horrible life threatening diseases has skyrocketed, the numbers of children with asthma, other lung disorders, "rare" cancers, autism, attention deficit syndrome and many, many others has also skyrocketed. If they are less violent, and I don't think they are, it is because they are too sick to be violent. All the massacres by young people? Never happened in our history before Columbine. But now are so frequent as to not really even be shocking news anymore, except to those directly involved. The numbers of violent rapes by young people, the ages of those in gangs involved in sex trafficking with its incidental violence, none of these things has changed for the better - it seems the other way round to me. To think we are out of the woods and can go back to our cake and ice cream is naive at best. The truth is we simply don't know yet, certainly not enough to say leaded gasoline was the cause and the epidemic of youth violence has passed. Not here, not anywhere I read about. Are there stellar young people, yes, and I think they'll change the world, but I still don't recommend strolling many places after dark, even in groups for young women and young men. Sadly.

Sara S (2)
Tuesday June 3, 2014, 8:45 am
It's interesting how even some of our most commonly used substances can be toxic.

Judith Hand (55)
Tuesday June 3, 2014, 9:25 am
Noted. Linking "well-behaved" with "teenager" is a bit of an oxymoron, to me. I agree that the issue has been raised many places, though the sicence (per one commenter) isn't solid - but, it's Mother Jones, not Science Digest. I know that "lead" was HUGE when I was a teen. After that, we got rid of lead-based paints, etc, etc. And there had to be something staring Big Oil and auto manufacturers in the face to start feeding cars and trucks with 'unleaded'. Interesting, Demo. Thanks, Ashley.

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Tuesday June 3, 2014, 9:41 am

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Tuesday June 3, 2014, 10:40 am

Sylvie A (190)
Tuesday June 3, 2014, 12:55 pm
Notée, merci.

Tuesday June 3, 2014, 1:49 pm
Noted. Thanks Demo

Julie C (29)
Tuesday June 3, 2014, 4:03 pm
Noted. Thanks, Demo.

Trina Hawkins (24)
Tuesday June 3, 2014, 11:28 pm
Noted ! I'm sure this is why my state still has programs to Remove Lead Paint from rental houses and apartments ! As Lead Poisoning is a Serious Health issue! And Landlords can be Fined a hefty sum of $$$ for Not removing Lead paint! Thanks for the story!

Wednesday June 4, 2014, 4:54 am
Thanks Demo for the article.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 4, 2014, 5:22 am

Terrie Williams (798)
Wednesday June 4, 2014, 1:10 pm

Annemie O (153)
Wednesday June 4, 2014, 3:22 pm
Noted, thank you for the info

Joy T (443)
Thursday June 5, 2014, 1:36 am
I'd like to know where these well behaved kids live, because it sure ain't around here! (My brother is a High School teacher.) What the kids get away with today, we never would have *dreamed* of doing!

Karen Gee (91)
Thursday June 5, 2014, 8:34 am
Noted ty

Janis K (129)
Thursday June 5, 2014, 12:47 pm
Noted thanks!

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Thursday June 5, 2014, 3:13 pm

Brad H (21)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 6:11 am

Charlene Rush (79)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 4:20 pm
It appears that the jury is still out, but, the indications are worth pursuing.
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